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History Of Rinyouji Temple

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The origin of Rinyouji came from Kukai(空海) who is known as Kobo Daishi (弘法大師)and established Shingon Buddhism(真言).  While he was spreading the teachings of Shingon Buddhism throughout Japan, he settled here for a few years.  There was a shrine called ’Hachiman Shrine’(It is called Iwanonishi Shrine nowadays) (八幡神社現在の伊波乃西神社)located in a corner of the west side of Iwata Haba town Gifu city(岐阜市岩田羽場). When Kobo Daishi was 23 years old, he built a temple to the south of the shrine and put a mandala(曼荼羅) at the back of Yakushinyorai(薬師如来)Statue which he made himself.

In 814, at the age of 41, he came here again and prayed in front of Yakushinyorai Statue for 7 days.  At the same time, he built Osshinji (乙津寺)in Nishikagashima(西鏡島) town Gifu city and prayed in front of Yakushinyorai Statue for 7 days.  He subsequently founded Ganjyouji (願成寺)in Akutamioobora(芥見大洞) town Gifu city, and carved Dainichinyorai.(大日如来)  When he left here he carved a life-size statue of himself for substitution because lots of believers felt sad about his farewell.

Since then, the temple was called ‘Kannondou’(観音堂)and moved to present location Habaukaiya (羽場鵜飼屋)town due to the leader of the time.  However no one lived in this temple for a long time, so it was ruined and valuable Buddihist statues were exposed to rain.  In March of 1665, a monk named Senkou(宜公和尚) came here and felt sad about what he saw.  Then he rebuilt it and returned it to its previous name ‘Hachimanzan Rinyouji’(八幡山林陽寺).  In September of the same year, he invited his master ‘Ryounengenchozenji’(了然玄超禅師) and let him be the first chief priest of this temple.  At the same time, it changed to a SotoZen (曹洞宗)temple. 

In September of 1865, a monk named Tensyuusatudou(天洲薩道和尚) from Nyuukawasyousouji in Hida(飛騨丹生川 正宗寺) town took over this temple.  He spent his own expense to repair the facilities and also he made an effort to attract more people to the temple. 

In October of 1891, although the main hall was damaged by the Great Noubi Earthquake(濃尾大震災), it was rebuilt thanks to a great amount of contributions from the town in 1920.  The path way to the temple, cemetries and a reception hall were maintained and improved from 1973 to 1979.  The next significant event happened in 1984, when a major repair on the roof was made as a celebration of the inauguration of the current chief priest.  In 1992, the priest’s quarters were rebuilt and 160 Japanese-style paintings which were painted by the 11th chief priest Genpou (玄峰和尚)were put on the ceiling of a large hall.  Three statues done by Enkuu (円空)which were discovered during the maintenance and improvement are enshrined inside the temple as well as other Japanese paintings.

Principal image YakushiNyorai(薬師如来)
Pioneer day 796
Kobo Daishi(弘法大師)
Founder Ryounengentyoudaiosyou了然玄超大和尚)
In September of 1665, he became a chief priest
In 1668, he became a chief priest of Iouji(医王寺).
He died in November of 1677, aged 68.
Headquarters Zenkyuuin(全久院)
Construction Main hall(本堂)・Priest’s quarters(庫裡)・Hall of jizo status(地蔵堂)・
Temple gate(山門)
Enshrined status YakushiNyorai(薬師如来)・Shoukannonzou(聖観世音菩薩・Kouboushizou(弘法大師像)・Sanjyuusannkannonzou(西国三十三観音像)・Enkuubutu(円空仏)
■Drooping Cherry Tree

There is a 150 year old drooping cherry tree inside the temple ground which is designated as a protected tree of Gifu city.Many visitors come and see this cherry tree in full bloom at the end of March.
T
he night viewing of this illuminated tree creates a fantastic sight and attracts many visitors.Moreover every year on the fourth Sunday in March,
‘Sakura concert’ is held.

■Zazen(坐禅)/Sitting meditation
We hold a practice of Zen sitting meditation for obtaining a serenity of mind.
Everyone can join easily so why don’t you experience ‘Zazen’.
Contents At first you will learn the rules of behavior(how to sit and breath and mental attitude, then you can experience ’Zazen’
If you prefer, you can experience ‘Syakyou
(写経)’, too.
Date and Time The second Sunday of every month.
  9:0010:00
(Except January and August)
Place Main hall of Rinyouji
Fees 100 yen
We recommend wearing loose-fitting pants because you will be sitting for more than 15 minutes and skirts are unsuitable. For more information, please contact us.
Night Zazen(夜坐)/Sitting meditation

Date and Time The fourth Saturday of every month.
  20:00 21:00
(Except January and August)
Place Main hall of Rinyouji
Fees 300 yen
We recommend wearing loose-fitting pants because you will be sitting more than 15 minutes and skirts are unsuitable.
For more information, please contact us.
Shingyou(心経)/Reciting a Buddhist Sutra

Shingyou(心経)/Reciting a Buddhist Sutra
Reciting a Buddhist sutra is called ‘Shingyou’ and we hold the practice of Shingyou.
You can recite a sutra in a silent place.

It might be a valuable time for you to be relaxed and have a peaceful mind.

Contents Sit erect with your legs folded under you and recite a sutra.
Date and Time The first Saturday of every month
  13:3014:30
(Except January and August)
Place Main hall of Rinyouji
Fees Free
For more information, please contact us.
Shakyou(写経)/Hand copying sutra

Making a hand copy of a sutra is called ‘Shakyou’ and we hold the practice of Syokyou.
You can copy each character of a sutra while retaining mindfulness in a silent place.

It might be a valuable time for you to be relaxed and have a peaceful mind.

Contents Sit erect with your legs folded under you and trace a sutra with a pen or ink brush.
(We prepare these staffs)
Date and Time The fourth Saturday of every month
  10:00 ~ 11:30
(Except January and August)
Place Main hall of Rinyouji
Fees 500 yen
For more information, please contact us.
■Yoga

Date and Time The second Saturday of every month.
  9:00 10:00
(Except January and August)
Place Main hall of Rinyouji
Fees 500 yen
We recommend wearing suitable clothes for exercising.
For more information, please contact us.

ACCESS

●Buses
From Gifu(岐阜)

Take a bus to Shirotari(白鳥), Gujyouhachiman(郡上八幡), Mino(美濃), Seki(関), Oobora(大洞)
Get off at Iwata Bus Stop and it is a 15minutes walk.

From Seki(関) Take a bus to Gifu. Get off at Iwata (岩田)Bus Stop and it is a 15minutes walk.
●By Car
From Gifu(岐阜) Take Route 156, drive northward and turn left at the traffic light of Iwata(岩田)
Turn right a block before Nagaragawa
(長良川)riverside toll road

From Kakamigahara     (各務原)

Take Prefectural Road 93 (Kawashima Miwa Line) and drive Northward.Cross Route 156 and turn right a block before Nagaragawa(長良川) riverside toll road

From Seki(関) Take Route 156, drive southward and turn right at the traffic light of Iwata.
Turn right a block before Nagaragawa riverside toll road
坐禅にきてください。
Please come to the temple for meditation by Zazen

曹洞宗は禅宗です

So-to sect is Zen Buddism.

インドのお釈迦様  

Buddism was preached by Buddha in India

中国の達磨様
      

It was handed down to China

Dharma was well known for sitting on the rock 9 years.

日本へ伝えられました道元禅師様達が、大切にされました修行の一つが坐禅です。静かに坐ってみましょう。

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Zazen Buddism was handed down by Dougen to japan about

 800years Ago.

Let’s try Zazen peacefully.

坐禅作法

Zazen manners.

(曹洞宗宗務庁の資料を参考に作成)

Create a reference document sect Soto-shu .